Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007, and her courageous and public battle since has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country. Her book – which she will be signing at the event – From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By includes information about her battle with the disease.

In her reporting, Roberts has traveled extensively – to the Middle East to raise awareness about breast cancer and to Africa with former President Bill Clinton to examine the AIDS crisis there. She has also covered news in Haiti, South Africa and the Mayan pyramids of Mexico.

During the 2008 presidential race, Roberts interviewed the candidates and newsmakers, moderated a town hall debate, reported live from the 2009 Inauguration and was the first to interview President Obama after he was sworn into office.

In 2005, Roberts traveled to the Gulf Coast to report live on Hurricane Katrina, and launched GMA Gets it Done to rebuild her hometown of Pass Christian, Mississippi.

After graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1963, where she was a standout on the women’s basketball team, Roberts became a sports reporter and anchor at various TV and radio stations and won the Nashville Sportscaster of the Year Award.